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Resources for Researchers and PhD Students

As a researcher you can get overwhelmed by the volume of information that is easily reachable through the Internet. The problem is trying to maintain academic and scientific excellence and efficient working when faced with the tsunami of information. Although modern technology has brought us seemingly infinite information we can also use technology to filter, organise and efficiently work with all that information. Hopefully this practical list of resources will be useful to others performing academic, scientific and industrial research, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The resources in this article may have a UK bias due to the location of the author. To suggest additions to the lists leave a comment below or drop Tek Eye an email, dan@tekeye.uk

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Tip: For University researchers do not forget to use the resources provided by your academic institute, especially the library. The University wants you to do well as it means they do well. Your academic institute or research organisation are normally very supportive and have programs in place to help researchers.

List of Resources for Researchers

Information Retrieval

Long established engineering organisations have easy to search archives. Though membership of the organisation through your academic library or personal membership is usually required to read the articles or PDFs:

Other sources for finding research papers and articles include:

Organising Tools

Writing Tools

  • Overleaf online LaTeX editing, document creation and collaboration.
  • Use PaperRater to spot grammatical errors prior to submission and publishing.

Low Cost Open Access Journals for Paper Publishing

This list of resources is for mainly for STEM researchers looking for low cost Open Access publishing routes. Appearance in this list is not an endorsement, please satisfy yourself that the publication is of sufficient quality for your paper (see the section on Assessing for Research Impact).

Open Access

Many institutions and early career researchers cannot afford to pay the high Article Processing Charges (APC) of a journal. In some cases paying an APC allows for a paper to be published Open Access, therefore available for free to everyone. Open Access publishing is increasingly required for higher research ratings, as it is seen to be helping spread scientific knowledge, especially to impoverished countries.

Some of the more wealthy institutions have programs available to help pay the APC. Some research projects will allow the research funds to be used for an APC. There are many considerations, MDPI AG have a useful page on Funding of APCs. If you cannot afford to pay the APC then try and find a sponsor who will (e.g. a company associated with the research project). The alternative is to publish without Open Access so that the journal recovers costs by charging for access to the article. See Inderscience as an example of an organisation that provides free publishing for restricted access or Open Access for an APC.

If you do not publish under Open Access at least ensure that the terms and conditions allow you to host a version of the paper in your University's online repository, or on your personal website or blog. Most publishers are moving to this model as they realise that the movement to open up research to a larger audience needs this requirement. To help determine if that option is supported by the paper publisher try the RoMEO service.

Warning: There are publishing organisations that do not adhere to high academic standards, make sure you avoid predatory open access publishing.

To help find a Journal to publish your research as Open Access try:

To learn more about Open Access:

To publish your work as an Open Access book take a look at Open Book Publishers.

General Article Publishing

Your work may also benefit from writing general articles and blog posts. Also try:

Publicising Research and Networking

  • ORCiD - A persistent digital identifier for researchers.
  • Twitter - Published something? Tweet about it.
  • Google Scholar, set up your Google Scholar profile.
  • ResearchGate, publish your science and collaborate.
  • piirus, for research collaboration.
  • Academia.edu, a platform for academics to share research papers.
  • Mendeley, Mendeley now supports Groups and Elsevier allows an author profile in Scopus.
  • Linkedin, the world leading business networking social media site.
  • Stack Overflow, answer questions to build up a score to display your knowledge.
  • The Stack Overflow Developer Story is a good way to record your work and project milestones and summarise your achievements.
  • Facebook, a popular walled social network.
  • Ello, the creatives social network.

Assessing for Research Impact

Expanding Your Knowledge

Presenting Your Work and Research Achievements

Other Useful Links

See Also

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